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Factors Likely to Affect Urban Outfitters' (URBN) Q1 Earnings

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Urban Outfitters, Inc. URBN is scheduled to release first-quarter fiscal 2021 results on May 19, after the closing bell. It reported a negative earnings surprise of 20.6% in the preceding quarter. However, the company has a positive earnings surprise of 0.5%, on average, in the trailing four quarters.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the fiscal first quarter is pegged at a loss of 12 cents per share, whereas it reported earnings of 31 cents in the year-ago quarter. Moreover, the loss estimate has significantly widened in the past 30 days. The consensus mark for revenues is pegged at $743.8 million, indicating a decline of 14% from the figure reported in the year-ago quarter.

Key Factors to Note

Urban Outfitters’ global retail stores have been temporarily shuttered since Mar 14 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Further, it has delayed capital projects and lowered investments in growth initiatives such as Nuuly and expansion into China, owing to the outbreak. Although the company’s e-commerce business has remained operational, store closures and lower demand have led to lowering workforce to support the business.

The company has been lowering non-payroll costs, adjusting inventory levels and extending payment terms for vendor invoices. It also carried out temporary suspension of rent payment, the cancellation or delay of a few store openings, the elimination of bonuses for fiscal 2021 and delay in all merit increases. Driven by the hardships, the company expects significant impacts of the coronavirus outbreak to get reflected on its first-quarter fiscal 2021 results.

Urban Outfitters Inc Price and EPS Surprise


Urban Outfitters Inc Price and EPS Surprise

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Further, it has been witnessing SG&A expense deleverage due to higher marketing expenses to drive digital sales and new business initiatives. This has been hurting operating margins for the past few quarters. Moreover, additional costs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are expected to have hurt margins.

What Does the Zacks Model Say?

Our proven model does not conclusively predict an earnings beat for Urban Outfitters this time around. The combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the odds of an earnings beat. But that’s not the case here. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

Urban Outfitters carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) and an Earnings ESP of -261.30%.

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